The ponds at Boise's MK Nature Center are off-limits for people, but Boisean and underwater photographer Alex Lindbloom had the chance to explore them in September. Here's what made him want to check them out.
"While trying to video a female Chinook salmon digging her nest for spawning (at Boise's MK Nature Center), I was surprised to see this intruder!" wrote wildlife educator Sara Focht. "Mink are playful and cute, but fearless. They will go after prey much larger than themselves. Watch until the end to see if the mink was successful at hunting or not."
Jonas Abdo, 22, decided that after he graduated from college, he was going to travel the Northwest and climb. As many peaks as he could. He thought that after he climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, he'd be ready to settle down. Not.
His motto is "always climb higher," but sometimes that takes a lot of work. Boise climber Jonas Abdo cleans a difficult move on "Chain Reaction" at Smith Rock in Oregon; it's part of his training to tackle "El Cap" — El Capitan in Yosemite.
Two hikers from San Luis Obispo County, California were on their first day of an 11-day backpacking trip to hike the High Sierra Trail up to Mount Whitney in Sequoia National Forest when they were stopped dead in their tracks by a mountain lion.
Wherever there's a diversion dam, there's potential for play waves for surfers and kayakers, says Paul Primus, wave technician with Boise Parks and Rec. Boise Water Park is one example — and there are more possibilities.
Green waves, wave holes and holes — there's something for everyone. Every day at noon, wave technician Paul Primus and Andrew Webb, with Boise Parks and Recreation, change the shape of the wave at Boise River Park to accommodate surfers or kayakers and boogie boarders. Primus is a surfer and Webb a kayaker, so they bring their expertise to the high-tech world of waves.